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Kent Lewis, Multnomah County

In 2000, a co-worker invited a SMART representative to our offices to talk about the literacy program. Having been a mentor and Big Brother in the past, I was immediately intrigued by the opportunity to help young students with reading readiness. I realized the impact of literacy as a future predictor of success (or failure) and wanted to help make a difference. After a few years of volunteering as a SMART reader, I decided to make SMART the beneficiary of a creative event which I called Anvil’s Get SMART Gala. For┬áthree years, my family and co-workers hosted the event, which became a dedicated annual fundraiser for SMART, generating $75,000. After that, I was invited to join the Board, Marketing and Executive Committees and have been a SMART volunteer reader and supporter ever since. I enjoy meeting eager youngsters each year, and watching as their reading skills improve. I haven’t found a better way to invest my time and money to impact the future of my community and the world-at-large. Thank you, SMART!

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